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Dot Issues $13.8 Million In Grants


The Department of Transportation is giving more than $13.8 million in grants to eight university transportation centers for research and education programs.

The Department of Transportation is giving more than $13.8 million in grants to eight university transportation centers for research and education programs.

ìBy investing in research at our nation's universities, we are helping to address today's transportation needs while we train tomorrow's transportation professionals,î says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The University Transportation Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will use $550,000 to continue research on ways to reduce emergency medical services response times in congested areas, traffic management emergency preparedness and distracted driving.

Headquartered at UC Berkeley, the University of California Transportation Center will use $2.08 million to fund research on issues including goods movement, air-quality impact assessment, eco-friendly driving and transit-oriented development. Funds will also provide support for graduate student fellowships and technology transfer.

Purdue University was awarded $2.08 million to develop solutions to transportation challenges by capturing the interactions between vehicle, traveler and infrastructure.

The University of Maryland's Center for Integrated Transportation Systems Management will receive $926,700 to continue developing advanced technology, improving processes, and enhancing organizational structures for the integrated management and operation of transportation facilities and corridors.

The University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute will use $925,700 to address the transportation needs of young people and older adults.

A consortium of nine universities from five states, the Southeastern Transportation Center will use $2.08 million to provide educational assistance to undergraduate and graduate students throughout the southeastern region, and support basic and applied research into comprehensive transportation safety.

The National Transportation Research Center will receive $2 million to develop public-private research partnerships to improve heavy vehicle safety, and highway security and operational efficiency. The University of Vermont Transportation Research Center will receive $3.24 million to research sustainable transportation systems.

DOT provides $81 million in annual funding to 136 colleges and universities conducting transportation research. These colleges and universities trained 32,000 practicing transportation professionals in 2009.